Wawa Winter Reserve Coffee Stout is back for a second year

Wawa has done it again. After the huge success of their first-ever beer collab in December 2018, the region’s favorite convenience brand is back with a second round of Winter Reserve Coffee Stout.

It was hard to lay hands on last year, so this time brewers made a lot more: 2,500 cases instead of 1,000.

A collaboration with 2SP Brewing, which is based in the chain’s original home of Delaware County, it’s a sip that’ll please craft geeks and regular drinkers alike. Last year we compared the taste of the 6% ABV beer to perfect diner coffee: just what you need, no more and no less.

After being released last week at the Chadds Ford Wawa (one of the only Pa. stores with a liquor license), Wawa Winter Reserve Coffee Stout is available at local bottle shops and beer distributors starting Dec. 9.

See below for a map of all the Philadelphia spots that’ll be carrying the coffee-infused brew.

This time, Wawa didn’t stop at one beer. Also on offer at a limited selection of Philly shops are the large-format bottles of a beer called Reserve Reserve (so you know it’s extra special). This English-style oatmeal imperial stout carries a bold 10% ABV, and was aged in bourbon barrels for 9 months.

There’s also Wawa Coffee Cake Stout and Wawa Snow Bird Vanilla Porter. Don’t be too jealous, but those are only available in the relatively new Wawa territories of Virginia and Florida, respectively. Those folks down south will never know what it’s like to want a Wawa beer and not have one at their fingertips.

Be forewarned: Not all the Philly shops are getting Winter Reserve Coffee Stout at exactly the same time. Plus, it’s a limited edition, so could sell out quickly. Your best bet is to call stores in advance and ask if it’s in stock.

As of Monday afternoon, Billy Penn was able to confirm the Whole Foods in Fairmount had a giant stack, “but it’ll go pretty quickly,” according to the manager of the in-house pub. The price is consistent across most shops: $12.99 for a 4-pack of 16-oz. cans.

Also fully stocked as of this writing is The Beer Peddler in Pennsport. At that shop, there’s a limit of two 4-packs per person, according to the manager.

Check the map below for your fix — and if you pick some up, let us know how you like it.

Danya Henninger is director and editor of Billy Penn at WHYY, where she oversees the team, all editorial decisions, and all revenue generation — including the membership program. She is a former food...